Here’s to a salad with a dressing I want to drink! Or, you know, pour onto a bed of kale and inhale straight from the serving bowl.
I’ve been perusing Kathy Patalsky’s blog Healthy-Happy-Life (it’s a wonderful vegan recipe blog) as of late and have fallen head-over-heels in love with slaws. Again. Apparently, history- and eating patterns- repeat themselves. Kathy has a great dressing that she uses for most of her slaws, and I find it absolutely addicting. The base of the dressing is tahini, which lends a delightfully nutty taste. Healthy doses of maple syrup (or agave nectar) and lemon juice are then swirled in, resulting in a sweet and tangy dressing begging to be poured on everything green.
One of my favorite uses for the dressing recently involved a mixture of shredded kale, apple, and sweet onion. The resulting combination proved utterly delicious!
So if you, like myself, desperately need to reset this month of January, give this slaw a try. You won’t even miss the cookies. Honest.
Kale Slaw with Apples and Tahini Dressing
Recipe inspired and adapted from Healthy Happy Life
- 1 bunch kale (I like the dino variety for slaws), rinsed and shredded
- 1 apple (I went with Cameo with great results), diced
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced small
- 3-4 tablespoons Tahini
- 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
- juice from 1-2 lemons
- drizzle of olive oil
- pinch of cayenne
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cut the majority of the ends off the kale bunch. (I don’t bother to destem the kale leaves unless the stems are particularly large. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the kale (essentially shredding it). Place the shredded kale in a salad spinner (or a large bowl with cold water) to clean. Gently pat dry.
- Make the dressing. In a medium/large bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients together (tahini, maple syrup, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, salt, and pepper). Taste, and adjust as you see fit.
- Add the clean kale to the dressing bowl. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale for 1-2 minutes (your’ll notice it start to break down a bit).
- Finally, add the apple and onion and toss gently to combine.
- Enjoy! (I think it tastes good right away, but it tastes EVEN better after you let it sit for a few hours in the fridge.)